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Hire Youth

Get Involved – Employ Youth

Employers Describe our Youth As:

“Smart”    “Capable”    “Hardworking”    “Impressive”

Summer 2021 applications for employer partners will be open in a few weeks. For questions, contact Director of Employer Relations Lindsey Forsythe at lindsey@stlyouthjobs.org.


of Employers Would Participate Again

Employers are the backbone of our program!

Each youth is paired with a job coach from day one, who supports both youth and employers to ensure that the program is an excellent experience for everyone. Prior to youth being matched with an employer, they receive critical soft skills and trainings in financial literacy and job readiness. Learn more about the program here.

Opportunity to Hire Advanced Employees

In 2019, we expanded our program opportunities beyond our Summer Jobs Program to offer youth alumni a higher-level job experience that aligns with their identified career interests through the new Career Accelerators Program (CAP).

  • Places approximately 100 youth ages 18-24 with select employers during the summer (typically from June – September), with opportunities for ongoing employment once the summer ends.
  • All youth in CAP are alumni of STL Youth Jobs or the St. Louis Internship Program and are on an advanced career track and/or post-secondary education.
  • Prior to employment, youth submit resumes, letters of recommendation, personal essays, and transcripts proving a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher in order to be accepted into the program.
  • CAP participants receive extensive job readiness and financial literacy training prior to employment and are placed with a Job Coach who supports their success throughout and beyond the program.
  • Prior to employment, youth interview with potential employers.
  • Youth can work a maximum of 160 hours and earn a minimum of $12/hour.
  • CAP is powered by partner St. Louis Internship Program (SLIP)

Interested in being an STL Youth Jobs employer?

Preference is given to companies who:

  • match a youth’s area of interest,
  • operate in high-growth industries,
  • are in proximity to our target neighborhoods in areas of north and south city and north county,
  • have the infrastructure to create an excellent experience for youth,
  • would consider hiring youth once the summer term is complete,
  • are willing to invest into the program.

Employer Contribution

All STL Youth Jobs Employer Partners are expected to contribute toward the individual participant cost of $2,500. This amount includes youth compensation, payroll, training, and ongoing case management, as well as additional program costs.

Find out if you might be a perfect fit to employ one or more of our youth next summer.